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Fan Popo, Echo Xuedan Tang, James Cummings


What the f*ck is 'Anti-Romantic'? It is a script written by Berlin-based Chinese indie filmmaker Popo Fan范坡坡. The story is about Chinese filmmaker Tao’s failure in both his career and romantic relationships, and how someone can date while holding an 'anti-romantic' value. Yes, you can say it is auto-biographical, and the filmmaker invites you to come and judge him. In this session, Popo Fan and two other performers are going to read out a scene from his work-in-progress script 'Anti-Romantic' based on his own dating experiences. A related film is going to be screened alongside. After the reading, you’re welcome to give your comments or bring up questions.


Director biography

Popo Fan is a filmmaker, writer and curator from China. His queer documentaries “Chinese Closet” “Mama Rainbow” “Papa Rainbow” on family issues in China have made a notable impact on Chinese society. In 2017 he relocated from Beijing to Berlin, from then he has concentrated on writing and directing scripted shorts featuring intersectional topics of LGBTQ+, migrants and sex. He has served as an organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, and is also the founder of Queer University Video Training Camp. He participated in Berlinale Talents 2017 and was a jury member of the Teddy Award in 2019. Currently he is developing his fiction debut feature in Germany. ©